Long-time Crossderry readers may remember my concerns about the Golden Rule. Michelle at Mission Minded Management — a blog I just found via The Daily Reviewer — re-states the pitfall of the Rule well here:
One of the greatest life lessons anyone can learn is that WE ARE NOT ALL THE SAME. When we treat others as we would like to be treated, it may or may not be well received. If it is not well received, we consider the others to be ingrates, and so the downward spiral begins.
Michelle’s post renews my belief in the wisdom of Karl Popper’s suggested improvement to the Rule:
The golden rule is a good standard which is further improved by doing unto others, wherever possible, as they want to be done by.